Our Favorite 4th of July Recipes!

Independence Day is this week! At our house, it’s time for lots of Hamilton, fireworks, popsicles, and grilling! As we head into this week, I thought I’d share some of our favorite 4th of July recipes!

Speaking of grilling, if you haven’t bought our Summer, Simplified meal plan (7 weeks of dinners that can all be made in 30 minutes or less AND you don’t have to turn on the oven), did you know you can get our Ultimate Grill Guide along with it for FREE? It is an AMAZING resource, especially since we’re in peak grilling season!



Anyway. If you’re planning your holiday party this week, here are some of our favorite patriotic eats!

If you missed our massive patriotic party a few years ago, we’ve got lots of adorably easy red, white, and blue ideas here (you can click on the links or on the pictures):


This fruit pizza has a brown sugar cream cheese topping and red and blue berries and is drizzled in chocolate. So it is both patriotic and delicious.



Jell-O can be a little creepy, but layered Jell-O is pretty awe-inspiring. This red, white, and blue layered Jell-O is a huge hit with kids and adults who can’t leave it alone.

red white and blue layered jello

You can either make this patriotic trifle in a big trifle dish or in small individual dishes. Either way, it’s brownies, whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate pudding, so, you know. There’s that.

layered red white and blue trifle

This Red, White, and Blue White Texas Sheet Cake was a huge hit last year! It’s beautiful and it tastes amazing, which is not always the case with cakes.

red white and blue Texas sheet cake

These easy, shabby-chic lanterns are fun to make with slightly older kids (or teenagers, or all by yourself because no one will help you because they’re having a water fight and you’re stuck inside making lanterns) and will make your patio glow magically.

easy mason jar lanterns

All you need for these cute little treat bowls are cheap paper plates and red and blue rubber bands (and scissors, and about 5 minutes).


The great thing about bite-sized pies (besides the fact that they’re adorable) is that you can have, well, a few bites of every flavor. These bake up in a muffin tin and are perfect for little (and not-so-little) hands.

star studded mini pies

This layered punch is so easy and fun! Just pour it in layers and you’re good to go!


Sparkly dipped patriotic strawberries? Yes. Dreams do come true.


I also wanted to show off some of my favorite 4th of July crafts and eats from bloggers that I love! Like these Brownie Fruit Kebabs from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Because when you put a strawberry and brownies together, the strawberry absorbs all the brownie calories. True story. Not really, don’t sue me.


I’m such a sucker for lights in Mason jars, so I about died when I saw these easy red, white, and blue lanterns from She Wears Many Hats.diy-red-white-blue-centerpiece-11

mustache if you need some facial hair this July 4th. Fox Hollow Cottage is here to help–these are perfect for photo ops and fake mustache lovers everywhere.


Finally, these patriotic printables that can be found on The Crafting Chicks are so darling–every single one of them! There are some seriously talented peeps out there.


Happy (almost) Independence Day! Stay safe and have lots of fun!!


  1. I made the striped Jell-O last year, and everyone raved about it. I couldn’t believe that I actually made something so pretty! I used a star cookie cutter as well as squares. Thank y’all for the great ideas!

  2. I love the 4th of July! Last year, I did the Jell-O, strawberries, and some festive Rice Krispies treats. This year, I’m going to try the kebabs and mints. Too cute.

  3. I make the fruit pizza every 4th of July.
    I may have to try out the brownie kabobs, I love chocolate and fruit. Thanks for all the fun ideas.

  4. Brown sugar and cream cheese topping on fruit pizza? I so need to make this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing these with us again! I miss so much sometimes 🙂

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